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Build (developer conference)

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Frequency  Annual
Next event  May 10–12, 2017
Venue  Moscone Center
Build (developer conference)
Location(s)  San Francisco, CA, United States
Founded  September 2011; 5 years ago (2011-09)
Most recent  March 30 – April 01, 2016

Microsoft Build (often stylised as //build/) is an annual conference event held by Microsoft, aimed towards software and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft technologies. First held in 2011, it serves as a successor for Microsoft's previous developer events, the Professional Developers Conference (an infrequent event which covered development of software for the Windows operating system) and MIX (which covered web development centering on Microsoft technology such as Silverlight and ASP.net).



Build 2011 was held from September 13 to September 16, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The conference heavily focused on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012; their Developer Preview versions were also released during the conference. Attendees also received a Samsung tablet shipping with the Windows 8 "Developer Preview" build.


Held on Microsoft's campus in Redmond from October 30 to November 2, 2012, the 2012 edition of Build focused on the recently released Windows 8, along with Windows Azure and Windows Phone 8. Attendees received a Surface RT tablet with Touch Cover, a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone, and 100GB of free SkyDrive storage.


Build 2013 was held from June 26 to June 28, 2013 at the Moscone Center (North and South) in San Francisco. The conference was primarily used to unveil the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8. Each attendee received a Surface Pro, Acer Iconia W3 (the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet) with a Bluetooth keyboard, one year of Adobe Creative Cloud and 100GB of free SkyDrive storage.


Build 2014 was held at the Moscone Center (West) in San Francisco from April 2 to April 4, 2014. The date and venue of Build 2014 were prematurely published by Microsoft's website on December 12, 2013, but was subsequently pulled. Microsoft ultimately made an official announcement on the next day. Build attendees received a free Xbox One and a $500 Microsoft Store gift card.


  • Windows Display Driver Model 2.0 and DirectX 12
  • Microsoft Cortana
  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • Windows 8.1 Spring Update
  • Windows free on all devices with a screen size of 9" or less and on IoT
  • Bing Knowledge widget and app linking
  • .NET Native (Announcement, Product Page)
  • .NET Compiler Platform (Roslyn)
  • Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC
  • Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2 RTM
  • TypeScript 1.0
  • .NET Foundation
  • 2015

    Build 2015 was held at the Moscone Center (West) in San Francisco from April 29 to May 1, 2015. Registration fee is $2095, and opened at 9:00am PST on Thursday, January 22 and "sold out" in under an hour with an unspecified number of attendees. Build attendees received a free HP Spectre x360 ultrabook.


  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • HoloLens and Windows Holographic
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
  • Visual Studio 2015
  • Visual Studio Code
  • 2016

    Build 2016 was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from March 30 to April 1, 2016. The price was increased by $100 compared to the previous year. The conference was sold out in 1 minute. Unlike previous years, there were no hardware gifts for attendees.


  • Windows Subsystem for Linux
  • Microsoft Cortana Chat bot on Skype
  • "Power of the Pen and the PC"
  • .NET Standard Library
  • ASP.NET Core
  • Edge browser extension
  • Xamarin
  • Free for individuals, open source projects, academic research, education, and small professional teams.
  • Remoted iOS Simulator for Windows
  • 2017

    The 2017 Build conference is planned to be in Downtown Seattle, Washington from May 10 to May 12, 2017.


    Build (developer conference) Wikipedia

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